YORKSHIRE - A year ago, Southwestern beat Wilson to win the sectional championship. With the bulk of that Lady Trojan team lost to graduation - and the Lakewomen returning most of their top players - Southwestern was unable to duplicate that outcome in Wednesday night's Section 6 Class B-2 girls basketball semifinal at Pioneer High School.
Wilson's experience, as well as its size and quickness, was on display from the opening tip, as the Lakewomen jumped out to a 17-7 lead after seven minutes. Southwestern's Emily Wuebbolt scored four straight points to close the first quarter but Wilson scored the first nine points of the second quarter to open a 15-point lead, 26-11, and the Lakewomen led by double digits until a late run by the Lady Trojans brought the final margin down to nine, 58-49.
''Two years ago we beat them, last year they beat us,'' Wilson coach Brian Baker said. ''We only graduated three last year so a lot of these girls had a little bit of that revenge on the mind, definitely. They put together a great effort. I was really pleased.''
The win advances the top-seeded Lakewomen (19-1) to the sectional final for the fourth straight year. They will meet No. 2 Buffalo Arts, 51-44 winners over Cleveland Hill in the other semifinal, at 7 p.m. Saturday at Niagara County Community College.
Southwestern (9-11) actually shot the ball slightly better than Wilson - 33 percent to 32 percent - but was undone by turning the ball over and failing to keep the Lakewomen off the offensive glass. Southwestern's 33 turnovers and Wilson's numerous offensive rebounds led to the Lakewomen taking 17 more shots than the Lady Trojans.
''We gave up too many offensive rebounds and that hurt,'' Southwestern coach Anne Beck said. ''I knew they would crash the boards and we didn't execute that part of the game.''
The Lady Trojans' turnovers could be attributed to both their up-tempo style of play as well as Wilson's swarming defense.
''I thought defensively we were able to do a lot of different things, especially in the first half,'' Baker said. ''To hold a very good Southwestern team to 17 in the first half, I was real proud of our team the way they hustled and got up the floor.''
After trailing, 34-17, at halftime, Southwestern opened the third quarter with a 10-3 run that got them within 11 points. Leading scorer Alex Sullivan, who was held scoreless in the first half, scored eight points during the stretch, bringing her team back within striking distance with more than four minutes remaining in the third quarter.
''They settled down a little bit,'' Beck said. ''We executed our press a little better, got a couple turnovers off of that. We boxed out a little bit better. They realized they had to take care of business.''
But Wilson responded by scoring the next nine points to push its lead to 20, effectively putting the game out of reach. The Lakewomen led by as many as 25 in the fourth quarter before the Lady Trojans closed with a 16-0 run.
Emily Lasher led a balanced Wilson scoring attack with 16 points, while Jamie Curry had 12 and Dana Smith 10.
Wuebbolt led Southwestern with 24 points, nine rebounds and five steals. Sullivan had 12 points and four steals, Sally Rudny had six points and four rebounds and senior Jenna Yuchnitz added four points and four rebounds in her final game as a Lady Trojan.
Yuchnitz 2 0 4, Wuebbolt 8 8 24, Sullivan 4 4 12, Agarwala 0 0 0, Schutte 0 3 3, Rauh 0 0 0, Rudny 3 0 6, Kubinski 0 0 0, Totals 17 15 49.
Gagnon 2 0 5, Placek 4 0 8, Smith 4 0 10, Curry 5 1 12, Lasher 6 4 16, Bubar 1 3 5, Walck 0 0 0, Stoelting 0 2 2, DiLaura 0 0 0, Kam 0 0 0, Totals 22 10 58.
3-point goals: Smith 2, Curry, Gagnon.
Southwestern 11 6 14 18 - 49
Wilson 17 17 18 6 - 58